Since the end of August I’ve been hitting capillaries all the time.
This used to happen to me every few months… sometimes I would notice blood in the cannula, and bad times the blood would fill up the tubing as soon as I inserted.
In last August one night I inserted 3 Dexcom G4 sensors in a row… each of them resulting in a gusher.
Then is started happening with my Medtronic Mio sets as well, here is the most recent one (on the left is one that I noticed at 2:30am after inserting it at 11pm the night before) and the older bruise to the right was from last week):
I call Medtronic and Dexcom customer service each time it happens, and they all tell me that “it happens, you’re just unlucky” but I used to only run into this every couple months… not every couple set changes!
My endo had the same answer:
“What seems to be happening is that since you don’t have much subcutaneous tissue then it’s easier to hit the capillaries. Unfortunately there is no way to predict if you are going to hit a capillary or not.”